Preparing For A Sleep Study
Trained sleep specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Pediatric Sleep Center offer comprehensive, overnight sleep studies for children of all ages. These studies can be a fun “sleepover” experience for a child when the parent prepares ahead of time.
Planning for the Sleep Center
- Planning for the Sleep Center
- Arrive for the sleep test by 7:30 p.m.
- Your child’s hair and skin need to be clean and dry with no hair products or lotions.
- Eat a regular evening dinner prior to arriving at the study, avoid sweets or caffeine. Pack snacks/drinks.
- A parent/guardian must be present for the entire study.
- Only one parent/guardian is allowed. No siblings, please.
Parking and Directions
Please reach out to the Sleep Lab Scheduling office if you are unfamiliar with the location of the sleep study. Patients coming to our main campus lab in the Bolwell building should park in the UH Drive parking garage and enter the hospital through the first floor of Lerner Tower. (Find a campus map here.)
Patients coming to our Beachwood Marriott Residence Inn lab should park in front of the hotel and check in at the front desk.
- Preparing the Child
The primary goal of the Pediatric Sleep Center’s sleep study is to evaluate the child’s sleep and breathing in a comfortable and safe setting. Most children have numerous questions and a variety of feelings about what to expect with the sleep study. That is why it is important to talk openly with the child before the day of the sleep study.
Parents should explain to the child that they will go to the “sleepover” together at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital or a nearby hotel for older children. Share information about the study in ways that the child will understand. Parents can also help to make the experience better by doing the following:
- Planning together
- Packing suitcases together
- Bringing the child’s favorite comfort items
- Continuing the usual bedtime routines at the sleep study
- What to Bring
Parents should pack everything the child might need during the time spent at the sleep center. Items to remember include:
- Two-piece pajamas, diapers and change of clothing for the morning
- Special pillows or blankets
- Stuffed animals or books
- Medications, formula, bottles or food items that the child may need
- Other medical equipment used by the child, including suction equipment, portable ventilator or feeding equipment
- Activities to keep the child busy during the day like books, toys, homework, electronics or games
- Meals, snack and drinks (A cafeteria is available if your study is conducted at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital)
- Insurance card and ID
It is important not to start any new medications before the sleep study. Some medications can interfere with testing. Parents should contact their child’s physician with any questions about their child’s medications.
Knowing what will happen during the sleep study will further prepare both parent and child and contribute to a successful experience.